While this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Dove and #WeAllGrow Latina Network, all opinions expressed are my own.

Can you believe that Christmas and New Years Eve is literally around the corner?! I feel like I blinked and 2016 just flew by me. This is one of my favorite times of the year though so I’m super excited for all the family get togethers and activities we have planned. Unfortunately stress comes right along with that excitement. It can be hard to keep it all together during the Holidays so I wanted to share with you guys how I get Holiday Ready as well as keep the stress to a minimum.

1. Plan Ahead! This can go for everything from your outfit to your food menu. Being prepared can help keep your stress down because you aren’t digging through your closet to find your favorite clutch or those sky high stiletto heels five minutes before you’re headed out the door. Food menu and prepping early makes the day of your get together flow a lot easier just because you aren’t running around trying to get your pernil seasoned or your gandules soaked in water and salt.

2. Stay Fresh – There is nothing worse than running around while being stressed and smelling like it!  I like to stay fresh and dry by using Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant. It goes on instantly dry and provides 48 hours of of odor and wetness protection. Using it makes me feel confident because I know regardless of how stressed I may be, I will continue to smell fresh and clean. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant also contains 1/4 moisturizers which is a huge plus for me.

3. Set aside ME time– The holidays may be about giving, but the best gift is the one that you give yourself. Set time aside and hit up the salon or spa. Pamper and treat yourself to a fresh blow out or a one hour massage. You will leave feeling fabulous and stress free.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dove and WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of my best friends is a photographer and not just any photographer – a really great one! She has an amazing eye for the right angles and scenery and just really makes every photoshoot come together. Now add a super cute baby into the mix and you have pure perfection and that basically sums up Victor’s 1st Birthday Photoshoot + Cake Smash. My sweet baby boy turned one in September so I figured it was about time I shared these images with you!

PC: @luciaviolaphotography

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Love beauty product? Love beauty products ON SALE even more?

Clients wait all year long for Bluemercury’s annual Holiday Shopping Party. During this once a year event, shoppers can receive up to 20% off all items in store, including high-end cosmetic, skincare and home brands rarely seen discounted such as La Mer, Revive, Oribe, Chanel, and Jo Malone.

Throughout the THIRTEEN N.J. locations, the promotions are taking place on the below dates. FOR ONE-DAY ONLY.

Enjoy treats & cocktails while completing your holiday shopping. Clients who spend $175 receive a deluxe gift bag. Bluemercury is also offering holiday sets from proprietary cosmetic and skincare lines, Lune+Aster and m-61.

See below for more information on those products plus new launches.

BLUEMERCURY N.J. HOLIDAY SHOPPING PARTIES:

·         Marlton Square – Tues., November 29, 2016

·         Marlton 2 – Wed., November 30, 2016

·         Princeton – Thurs., December 01, 2016

·         Englewood – Thurs., December 01, 2016

·         Summit – Thurs., December 01, 2016

·         Denville – Fri., December 02, 2016

·         Westfield – Fri., December 02, 2016

·         Shrewsbury – Tues., December 06, 2016

·         Bridgewater Commons – Tues., December 06, 2016

·         Montclair – Tue., December 06, 2016

·         Tice’s Corner Marketplace – Wed., December 07, 2016

·         Brook 35 Plaza – Wed., December 14, 2016

·         Ridgewood – Fri., December 16, 2016

Thanks to my friends over at Travelzoo I was notified about an AMAZING deal from Emirates.

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In a sale ending Sunday, Emirates — named the world’s No. 1 airline by Skytrax — is discounting companion fares to global destinations.

Depart from New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., or Dallas for the following prices for two people flying together (roundtrip, including tax).

Milan, Italy (from New York City only) … $899 for two
Dubai, UAE … $1249 for two
Beijing or Shanghai, China … $1599 for two
Cape Town, South Africa … $1749 for two
Sydney, Australia … $2399 for two
Flights from Chicago, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas are also on sale.

What to know:

Fares require two people flying together
A minimum three-night or Sunday-night stay is required
Available for select dates Jan. 9 – May 15 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 14 (Milan departures are select Sundays-Wednesdays and returns are Tuesdays-Fridays)
Excludes travel April 11-19 and Aug. 1-31 for Milan only, and inbound U.S. flights Aug. 1 – Sept. 6 for all routes
Business-class fares are also discounted for two people flying together
All destinations included in the sale are listed under the terms and conditions on Emirates’ website.

Emirates is known for its spacious seats, wine selection and the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment (per Skytrax) with over 2,500 stations. Other standout amenities include power outlets at every seat, Wi-Fi and air mobile services that allow for SMS and data while in flight.

The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 27.

Book by Nov. 27.

Black Friday is approaching and while that means scooping up the newest Lego set, TV or gaming system for some – I, as well as many other Wanderlusters, are anxiously waiting to find out if their will be any good travel deals.

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While traveling is amazing and I highly encourage it for EVERYONE – it can be pricey, so I am always on the look out for great flight specials. Last year I scored a stay via Expedia‘s Cyber Monday sale at the amazing Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan for 1/2 price and was able to use a $75 off Thanksgiving coupon on top of that by booking through their app.

This year it looks as Black Friday/Cyber Monday came early. Thanks to Secret Flying I was informed about a MAJOR flight sale between the US & Europe. I’m talking Round Trip flights for $400-$500 to multiple European destinations!

Check about Secret Flying’s article HERE and then go search the airlines website directly! (Delta, AA etc.)

Just an FYI: it seems as United as jumped on the bandwagon because I just scored a non stop RT flight from Newark to my beloved Paris for $418! This same flight was over $700 just a few days ago and normally that flight would be about $1,000.

If you take advantage of this sale, let me know where you booked and if you need any recommendations on where you should head to – shoot me an e-mail.

HAPPY TRAVELING!